On March 18, TV Fanatic’s Jim Halterman moderated the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Conversations with the cast of ‘Sleepy Hollow.’ Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones and Lyndie Greenwood discuss their work on FOX’s hit supernatural drama. The actors speak candidly about their characters, their first reaction to the outlandish concept of ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ their cast camaraderie and more.
Watch the embedded video to see the entire conversation and read on for panel highlights.
We all know Orlando Jones is a comedian, but we are beginning to see that Tom Mison is laugh out loud hilarious. If you haven’t fallen for Ichabod Crane yet, Mison’s charm will definitely win you over during his press appearances.
When asked about their first impressions of ‘Sleepy Hollow’s’ unique concept, they all agreed that it would be difficult to pull it off, but they quickly realized this show is in good hands.
Mison doesn’t hold back on expressing his true feelings and initial reservations regarding such a risky premise. Mison candidly comments on the complete ridiculousness of ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ but says he quickly realized after reading the pilot that the series is “something I can stay excited about” partly because such a creative show has “no boundaries.” Mison is excited by the possibility of endless twists that could arise over the course of this series. He adorably admits that one must “embrace the stupidity. Whether it’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ or ‘Hamlet’.”
All of the actors work together to cling to a sense of reality within this bizarrely supernatural world. They mostly turn to the script to gain insight on their characters. Instead of thinking about how silly the supernatural stuff can be, they focus on the emotions and high stakes circumstances their characters are constantly confronted with in ‘Sleepy Hollow.’
Jones explains, “As an actor it’s always play it don’t say it.” He has faith in the show-runners and writers, saying, “I believed them, trusted them. I’m glad I did.”
Every actor brings something different to the table and they have their own methods. Beharie sweetly speaks of working with Mison. She admits, “This is strange but it works. …We have a very different approach, but we can communicate.” Perhaps that is the kind of camaraderie and chemistry fans have been clinging to.
When Mison and Beharie are asked about any romantic undertones between Ichabod and Abbie, they both are quick to say the audience is projecting that sentiment onto their characters. They also try not to let external chatter inform their performances. From Mison and Beharie’s point of view, Ichabod and Abbie do not have romantic feelings for one another. They also don’t want the IchAbbie hype to change their portrayal.
Mison explains, “We need to do what’s on the page rather than outside…I don’t like that distraction.” And Beharie agrees. She believes Abbie’s kinship with Ichabod comes from a place of understanding and compassion. Beharie says, “Abbie cares a lot about a fish out of water because that’s how she feels.”
Okay, so maybe there’s no romance in store for Ichabod and Abbie, but what about Irving and Jenny? Jones started shipping the duo on twitter after fans hinted at a possible hook-up between “Mr. & Mrs. BAMF.” Irving is divorced, so his situation leaves him more open to romantic liaisons than Ichabod’s current marital status.
Greenwood laughs, saying, “It’s cool that as an audience you guys pick up on things that I don’t even realize.” Jones agrees that the fans are reading in a little heat between Irving and Jenny, but given his fun and flirty tweets, Jones seems more than game for it.
Similarly, the audience has been closely watching as the Mills sisters develop their complex relationship. Greenwood happily admits she has been a fan of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ since she first saw the trailer, so she was ecstatic to join the cast. Although she was nervous before her screen test with Beharie, a kindly chance encounter put her at ease. Greenwood and Beharie’s friendship has progressed throughout the course of the season along with their on-screen alter-ego’s relationship.
The whole cast feels as though they have benefited from filming in North Carolina. Without L.A. distractions calling them away, the group has had the time to get to know each other and become friends. Jones quips, “The fun of it is the theatrical troop portion of it.” Their bond helps them hold onto a sense of reality when things get too crazy in the world of ‘Sleepy Hollow.’ Beharie teases, “It does feel like a traveling circus at a studio.” Perhaps Mison puts it best when he sweetly says, “When you’re away a group of friends await.” Sigh.
Now for arguably the best moment of the panel. Halterman asks how the cast feels about watching themselves on screen. Jones and Greenwood don’t like watching themselves because they are afraid of allowing vanity to influence their performance. They prefer to favor authenticity over vanity. That is a great answer and very respectable, but here is why Mison has them beat.
Mison has learned a lot from watching playback, specifically, he’s learned not to over-use his highly expressive eyebrows. He then goes on to demonstrate. Feel free to giggle and swoon over this GIF.
Just another reason why legions will be falling for Tom Mison over the course of ‘Sleepy Hollow’s’ painfully long hiatus.
I shall leave you with that intoxicating image, my dear Sleepy Heads.
What was your favorite moment of the SAG Conversation? Were you surprised by any of their answers? Will you start a petition to get ‘Once Upon A Time’ to cast Nicole Beharie as a mermaid (cute, not creepy)? What do you hope to see in Season 2?
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